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Accident: 170571004 - Employee Killed By Exploding Drum

Accident: 170571004 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 07/07/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12646940207/10/19953364Heritage International Corp. Dba Gorham Bronze
The employer, a foundry-type operation manufacturing bronze memorials and plaques, has a supply of triple-washed empty drums obtained from different sites to use as slag/waste containers. Employee #1 was attempting to remove the lid from an empty xylene drum with a welding torch. Apparently, the drum was to be used as a trash can for clean up. The employer also had can lid opening device to use for the in-house triple rinsed drums. When Employee #1 attempted to cut the lid off with the torch, the drum exploded. He was struck in the chest and head by the drum lid and died from head/chest trauma. Employee #1 had hazard communication training, hazard recognition training, and welding training. The xylene drum was properly labeled with all appropriate safety warnings.
Keywords: head, flammable vapors, work rules, xylene, drum, torch, explosion, struck by, flying object, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126469402 Fatality Cut/Laceration Machinery maintenance occupations

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